The Baltimore Orioles have purchased the contract of former York Revolution right-handed relief pitcher Julio DePaula from Double-A Bowie.
DePaula was active for Baltimore Monday night at Washington. DePaula is the sixth former Revolution player to reach the major leagues. He becomes the 11th former Atlantic League player to appear on a major league roster this season alone. Starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for DePaula on Baltimore's roster.
DePaula, 31, joins outfielder Tike Redman (Orioles, 2007), left-handed pitcher Justin Hampson (Mets, 2012), right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill (Blue Jays, 2012), left-handed pitcher Scott Rice (Mets, 2013) and left-handed pitcher Ian Thomas (Braves, 2014) as former York players to make the majors. DePaula becomes the third former Rev to go from York to the majors in the same season, joining Redman and Hill. History was made on April 20 when Rice and Thomas each pitched the seventh inning in New York, marking the first time two former Revolution players were on the same field for a major league game, and the first time two ex-Revs' players competed against one another in a major league game.
DePaula's Atlantic League contract was purchased from the Revolution by the Orioles on June 26. His journey from York to the major leagues in just 11 days is easily a franchise record for least amount of time between leaving York and earning a spot on a major league roster. In just three appearances for Bowie before the call-up, DePaula held hitters to a .143 average, allowing three hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched with eight strikeouts. He nailed down a save for Bowie in his most recent appearance, July 5 at Akron.
DePaula was arguably the most dependable bullpen arm for the Revolution last season, spending the duration with York, carrying a 2.89 ERA in 50 appearances over 56 innings. The Dominican native had been even more impressive this season, posting a 2.42 ERA in 28 games and 29 innings for York. He struck out 30 and walked eight in that time, consistently throwing in the mid-90s.
DePaula is also the first non-U.S.-born player to go from the Revolution to the majors. His only other major league service time was 16 games out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen in 2007.
Revolution left-handed reliever Mark Hendrickson, a 10-season major league veteran who pitched in 113 games for Baltimore between 2009 and 2011, recommended DePaula to the organization and Manager Buck Showalter. Hendrickson is a York resident.
The following is a quote from Orioles beat reporter Roch Kubatko, quoting Showalter on his School of Roch blog on MASNSports.com: "One thing Mark said was, 'I know you guys have got people (scouts) over in the (Atlantic League), but I'm going to tell you that somebody needs to sign Julio DePaula. He's by far the best relief pitcher in this league.' He said, 'You should take a look at him,' so we did and sent him to Bowie and he's had three really good outings."